NORTH CALDWELL, NJ -- West Milford scored two late runs to provide the difference in a 3-1 softball victory over West Essex in the Section 1, Group 3 championship game on Wednesday.

Each team scored a run in the first inning, when Jenna Sperduto's RBI single enabled West Essex (14-10-1) to tie the contest, 1-1. But that would be the last the Lady Knights would be able to score.

Julia Guerrero and Jordan Ruffer had the only other hits, both singles, for West Essex. West Milford broke the tie with a run in the fifth inning, then extended to a 3-1 lead with an insurance tally in the seventh.

Julia Vardiman pitched well in a losing cause for West Essex. She scattered six hits, struck out seven and walked one. Two of the runs against her were earned.